Gov. Hickenlooper hurts usual allies; Budget proposal causes flare-up with unions, liberals, and raises possibility of tax hike

Type: Press Coverage
Published Date: February 17, 2011
Author: Denver Daily News

Peter Marcus
Denver Daily News

There's nothing like historic budget cuts to end a newly elected politician's honeymoon – that and a good snow storm.

Gov. John Hickenlooper already had his brush with public bitterness stemming from a blizzard in 2006 when he was mayor of Denver. This time around, he is dealing with bitterness stemming from a proposed $411 million in cuts to education, including a historic $375 million in cuts to K-12 education, and another $36 million from higher education.

State revenues projected to drop an additional $40 million

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: December 18, 2009
Author: Jones, Rich

Legislative economists project that Colorado will face an additional $40 million shortfall in its General Fund budget for fiscal year 2009-10 due to a continued drop in revenues since their September forecast.

Prepared Testimony to the Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Finance Committees

Type: Testimony
Published Date: November 12, 2009
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Prepared Testimony to the Joint Meeting of the House and Senate Finance Committees
Colorado General Assembly

Wade Buchanan
President, The Bell Policy Center
November 12, 2009

Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today.

Wade Buchanan on Colorado State of Mind

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: September 17, 2009
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Wade joins in a discussion
on the state budget and funding cuts
on Rocky Mountain PBS'

Colorado State of Mind
Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 6

(Channel 8 in Pueblo and Colorado Springs,
Channel 18 in Grand Junction and western Colorado)

Also on the program:

Legislative economists project lower revenues, $240 million shortfall

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: September 21, 2009
Author: Jones, RichWatt, Joe

Economists with the Legislative Council project that General Fund revenues in the current fiscal year will come in $240 million below budgeted appropriations. This is even after the $320 million in cuts Gov. Bill Ritter announced in August.

New report says Colorado can't maintain services under current budget

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: July 15, 2009
Author: Watt, Joe

When it comes to the state budget, Colorado is digging a hole.

That's one of the conclusions in a new report, Looking Forward: Colorado's fiscal prospects amid a financial crisis, by the Bell Policy Center, the Colorado Children's Campaign and the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute.

Guest commentary in The Denver Post: Finally, a state budget for grownups

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: February 1, 2009
Author: Buchanan, Wade

Like other states, Colorado faces its second major budget shortfall in less than a decade. But unlike others, we are heading into this deepening economic crisis with one of the smallest budgets in the nation, whether measured by population or the size of the state economy. We already spend less than almost every other state on the public structures and services our future depends on: our schools, colleges, roads and bridges, health care and other assistance for poor families and children.

State economists crunch numbers, see big (or bigger) revenue drop

Type: Budget Watch
Published Date: December 24, 2008
Author: Jones, Rich

The most recent quarterly revenue estimates by state economists were released on Dec. 12. While there are considerable differences between the two sets of numbers, both estimates project a drop in state revenues since the beginning of the fiscal year.


Budget Watch – July 2008

Type: Budget Watch
Published Date: July 22, 2008
Author: Buchanan, WadeJones, RichMinor, Joel

Introduction to SAFE, the proposed Savings Account for Education; introduction to other ballot proposals; review of economic forecasts and other economic data.


Budget Watch - May 2008

Type: Budget Watch
Published Date: May 2, 2008
Author: Jones, RichWaterous, Frank

Budget Watch - May 2008

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